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Mo Willems - Author

About the Author

Mo Willems is a three-time Caldecott Honor winner for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity.  His books have been tranlsted into over 25 languages, and his celebrated Elephant & Piggle early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions as well as five Honors.  Other favourites include That Is Not a Good Idea! and Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs.  Before he turned to children's books, Mo was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmy Awards. Mo lives with his family in Massachusetts, USA.

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Let's Go for a Drive!

Let's Go for a Drive!

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2020

Told entirely in speech bubbles with a repetitive use of familiar phrases, this highly original book from the award-winning author of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! is perfect for children just learning to read. Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. Gerald and Piggie want to hit the road. But the best-laid plans of pigs and elephants often go awry.Once again, Mo Willems creates a hilarious escapade starring the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning duo. Let's Go for a Drive! will have early readers breaking into laughter from the first page.

That Is Not a Good Idea!

That Is Not a Good Idea!

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2019

A crafty fox, a butter-wouldn't-melt-in-her-mouth goose and a band of prophesying little chicks ... sounds like all the right ingredients for another hilarious Mo Willems picture book! This is the story of a hungry fox who meets a plump goose and, ooh!, what an innocent looking goose she is. Just look at those big, doey eyes - so trusting! The fox can't believe his luck so he asks the goose to go for a stroll. The goose, with her angelic face, cannot refuse. Suddenly, a little chick pops up warning the protagonist: That is NOT a good idea! All too late! This fox is on a roll and next, he invites the goose back to his house tucked away in the deep, dark woods, and ... the goose says YES! THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! - now, LOTS of little chicks are shouting warnings! But ... just who are they trying to help? The fox or the goose?

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

Mo Willems' Pigeon is BACK in a hilarious story perfect for those about to start school or nursery. There is no such thing as a bad Mo Willems book The Times The Pigeon is about to get SCHOOLED. Do YOU think he should go? Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! Well ... almost everything. And what if he doesn't like it? What if the teacher doesn't like him? I mean, what if he learns TOO MUCH!?!

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Author: Mo Willems Format: Board book Release Date: 01/10/2018

Mo Willems' acclaimed picture book debut in a brand new board book format. When a bus driver takes a break in this hilarious Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, he gives the reader just one instruction: Don't let the pigeon drive the bus! But, boy, that pigeon tries every trick in the book to get in that driving seat: he whines, wheedles, fibs and flatters. Will you let him drive? Told entirely in speech bubbles, this brilliantly original and funny picture book demands audience participation!

Welcome: A Mo Willems Guide for New Arrivals

Welcome: A Mo Willems Guide for New Arrivals

Author: Mo Willems Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2018

There is no such thing as a bad Mo Willems book The Times This is YOU. Take a good look. How remarkable it is that you are you. From Mo Willems, the multi award-winning, New York Times bestselling creator of the Pigeon series and the Knuffle Bunny trilogy, comes a guide for new arrivals, perfect for gifting to new babies and new parents alike! Using bold graphics, a clever, heart-warming narrative that playfully interacts with the reader and a surprise mirror, this is a one-of-a-kind welcome to the world from one of the best-loved picture book creators of our times.

Sam, the Most Scaredy-cat Kid in the Whole World

Sam, the Most Scaredy-cat Kid in the Whole World

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2017

A terrifically terrifying tale! There is no such thing as a bad Mo Willems book The Times From Mo Willems, the multi award-winning, New York Times bestselling creator of the Pigeon series and the Knuffle Bunny trilogy, comes a companion title to Leonardo, the Terrible Monster. One day, Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world, makes a terrifying discovery. It's not Frankenthaler the monster. It's her friend - Kerry! Kerry, the second most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world, also makes a terrifying discovery. It's not Leonardo the monster. It's his friend - Sam! AAAAH! yells Sam. EEEEK! yells Kerry. Something has to be done. Something BIG. But what?

Nanette's Baguette

Nanette's Baguette

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2017

Today is the day Nanette gets to get the baguette! Is she set? YOU BET! If there's a living creator of children's books who stands a chance of occupying a cultural position akin to a Dr. Seuss, it's Mr. Willems The New York Times From Mo Willems, the multi award-winning creator of the Pigeon series and the Knuffle Bunny trilogy, comes a hilarious new tongue-twister read-aloud about a little girl, Nanette, on a mission to buy a baguette. It's Nanette's very first solo trip to the bakery. But will Nanette get the baguette from baker Juliette? Or will Nanette soon be beset with regret? Set in a meticulously handcrafted-paper-modelled French village, the uniquely vibrant laugh-out-loud world of Nanette's Baguette may be Mo's best creation yet. Get set to crack into an irresistible tale you won't soon forget!

Diva and Flea: A Parisian Tale

Diva and Flea: A Parisian Tale

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2017

Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery from an award-winning author/illustrator pairing. For as long as she could remember, Diva lived at 11 avenue Le Play in Paris, France. For as long as he could remember, Flea also lived in Paris, France - but at no fixed address. When Flea flaneurs past Diva's courtyard one day, their lives are for ever changed. Together, Diva and Flea explore and share their very different worlds, as only true friends can do.

I Broke My Trunk!

I Broke My Trunk!

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2016

Told entirely in speech bubbles with a repetitive use of familiar phrases, this highly original book from the award-winning author of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! is perfect for children just learning to read. Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. Gerald tells Piggie the long, crazy story about breaking his trunk. Will Piggie end up with a long, crazy story of her own? Once again, Mo Willems creates a hilarious escapade starring the Geisel Award-winning duo. I Broke My Trunk! will have early readers breaking into laughter from the first page.

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2014

A hugely entertaining and riotous re-telling of a classic fairy tale from one of the most original and funny voices in children's books today. Have you ever heard the story of Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs? Yes, you heard right - DINOSAURS. Once upon a time, there were three hungry dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur and ... a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway. Of course. One day, purely on a whim, they decided to tidy up their house nice and neat, make their beds up all cosy and comfortable, prepare delicious hot chocolate pudding of varying temperatures, place their chairs just so, and go ... SOMEWHERE ELSE. Let's be clear, they were definitely NOT setting up a trap for some succulent, poorly supervised little girl called Goldilocks who may wander by ... ahem.

The Pigeon Needs a Bath

The Pigeon Needs a Bath

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2014

The pigeon is BACK! And he STINKS! No, really, he actually smells very bad... Smell? What smell? I don't smell. YOU smell. In this hilarious, interactive read in Mo Willems' award-winning Pigeon series, the Pigeon needs a bath! Except, well, the Pigeon's really not so sure about that... Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. It looks like it's going to take some serious convincing to get the Pigeon to take the plunge!

Watch Me Throw the Ball!

Watch Me Throw the Ball!

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2013

One of a series of delightfully humorous award-winning tales for beginner readers from the internationally acclaimed author-illustrator of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Knuffle Bunny. Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Watch Me Throw the Ball!, Gerald is determined to teach Piggie that ball-throwing is a serious business ... but Piggie is just as determined to have serious fun.

I Love My New Toy!

I Love My New Toy!

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2013

One of a series of delightfully humorous award-winning tales for beginner readers from the internationally acclaimed author-illustrator of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Knuffle Bunny Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In I Love My New Toy!, Piggie can't wait to show Gerald her brand-new toy. But will an accidentally broken toy accidentally break a friendship?

That Is Not a Good Idea!

That Is Not a Good Idea!

Author: Mo Willems Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2013

A crafty fox, a butter-wouldn't-melt-in-her-mouth goose and a band of prophesying little chicks ... sounds like all the right ingredients for another hilarious Mo Willems picture book! This is the story of a hungry fox who meets a plump goose and, ooh!, what an innocent looking goose she is. Just look at those big, doey eyes - so trusting! The fox can't believe his luck so he asks the goose to go for a stroll. The goose, with her angelic face, cannot refuse. Suddenly, a little chick pops up warning the protagonist: That is NOT a good idea! All too late! This fox is on a roll and next, he invites the goose back to his house tucked away in the deep, dark woods, and ... the goose says YES! THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! - now, LOTS of little chicks are shouting warnings! But ... just who are they trying to help? The fox or the goose?

Are You Ready to Play Outside?

Are You Ready to Play Outside?

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2013

One of a series of delightfully humorous award-winning tales for beginner readers from the internationally acclaimed author-illustrator of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Knuffle Bunny. Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Are You Ready to Play Outside?, Piggie can't wait to go and play in the sunshine. But will a rainy day ruin all the fun?

There Is a Bird on Your Head!

There Is a Bird on Your Head!

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/12/2012

Early chapter readers from a bestselling and critically acclaimed author Winner of Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the Most Distinguished Book for Beginning Readers. Told entirely in speech bubbles with a repetitive use of familiar phrases, this highly original book from the award-winning author of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! is perfect for children just learning to read. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In There's a Bird on Your Head!, Gerald discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head - two birds on your head!

My Friend Is Sad

My Friend Is Sad

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

One of a series of delightfully humorous award-winning tales for beginner readers from an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In My Friend is Sad, Gerald is sad. How can Piggie be happy if Gerald is sad? Told entirely in speech bubbles with a repetitive use of familiar phrases, this highly original book is perfect for children just learning to read.

I Am Invited to a Party!

I Am Invited to a Party!

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

One of a series of delightfully humorous award-winning tales for beginner readers from an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator. Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In I am Invited to a Party!, Piggie is invited to her first party. But what will she wear? Gerald, the party expert, knows just how to help ... or does he? Told entirely in speech bubbles with a repetitive use of familiar phrases, this highly original book is perfect for children just learning to read.

Today I Will Fly!

Today I Will Fly!

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

One of a series of delightfully humorous award-winning tales for beginner readers from an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator. Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Today I will Fly! Piggie wants to fly. But Gerald knows that she cannot - or can she? Told entirely in speech bubbles with a repetitive use of familiar phrases, this highly original book is perfect for children just learning to read.

I Will Surprise My Friend!

I Will Surprise My Friend!

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

One of a series of delightfully humorous award-winning tales for beginner readers from an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator. Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In I Will Surprise My Friend!, Gerald and Piggie want to play a game and surprise each other, but the best surprise is the one they least expect.

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

Duckling gets a cookie? What do you mean DUCKLING GETS A COOKIE?! Pigeon is NOT happy about this. Not one little itty bit. He has whined, wheedled, fibbed and hollered his way through many books. He wanted to drive the bus, he demanded a puppy, he pleaded for a hot dog party... But now, in a fantastic new title from Mo Willems, along comes Duckling, with bright twinkling eyes and impeccable manners. She asks for a cookie and what does she get? A cookie, of course! The Pigeon is outraged! Incensed! How could this have happened? HOW is it possible that this duckling gets a cookie?! Well, because she asked. Nicely.

Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion

Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Knuffle Bunny goes international! The hilarious and touching final instalment in the Knuffle Bunny series from bestselling, award-winning author Mo Willems. Trixie is growing up! Knuffle Bunny and Trixie are going on a very exciting holiday abroad to visit Oma and Opa in Holland. But when they finally get there, Trixie can't find her best friend Knuffle Bunny anywhere! With the absence of her beloved fluffy friend, everyone tries their best to help Trixie enjoy the rest of her holiday. Soon, she realizes that maybe she doesn't need Knuffle Bunny as much as she thought she did. In fact ... maybe it's time to set Knuffle Bunny free! An emotional tribute to the Trixie and Knuffle Bunny saga that parents and children will come back to time and time again.

Knuffle Bunny Too A Case of Mistaken Identity

Knuffle Bunny Too A Case of Mistaken Identity

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2008

The hilarious second instalment in the Knuffle Bunny trilogy from bestselling, award-winning author Mo Willems. In the hilarious second instalment in the Knuffle Bunny trilogy from bestselling, award-winning author Mo Willems, Trixie can't wait to show off her one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny at school. But a dreadful surprise awaits ... Trixie's bunny is not so one-of-a-kind after all! And matters get worse that night when Trixie realizes that she has brought home the WRONG BUNNY! A phone call later, Dad and Trixie are off on a desperate late-night mission to reclaim the real Knuffle Bunny...

Leonardo the Terrible Monster

Leonardo the Terrible Monster

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2008

An exceptional tale of an unexceptional monster - laugh-out-loud picture-book fun from the creator of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and the Knuffle Bunny series. Meet Mo Willems' latest character, Leonardo the Terrible Monster. Terrible at being a monster, that is. He doesn't have thousands of teeth, he's small, he's cute and, despite his best efforts, he can't seem to frighten anyone. Then, one day, he meets a nervous boy called Sam and finds out that being a good friend is a whole lot more rewarding than trying to scare the tuna salad out of people!

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2008

More hilarious antics from Mo Willems' single-minded pigeon! Would YOU let the Pigeon have a puppy? He's wanted one for ever (at least since last Tuesday). But the Pigeon is in for a shock - having his very own puppy is not quite as wonderful as he thought it would be...!

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2007

A hilarious read-aloud story for bedtime, featuring everyone's favourite pesky, pestering pigeon! In this hilarious, interactive bedtime read in Mo Willems' award-winning Pigeon series, it's getting late and the bus driver is going to brush his teeth and get ready for bed. Will you do him a favour while he is gone - don't let the pigeon stay up late! But the pigeon is wide awake: he isn't even tired - in fact he's in the mood for a hot-dog party! So will YOU let him stay up late?

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2005

A hilarious picture book featuring the Pigeon, by the author of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Time to Pee! In this hilarious, interactive read in Mo Willems' award-winning Pigeon series, the Pigeon discovers a delicious hot dog, and he can hardly wait to shove the entire thing in his beak. But then a hungry, clever little duckling enters the scene and wants a bite. Will he manage to outsmart the Pigeon and get his share of the hot dog? Oh, yes...

Knuffle Bunny

Knuffle Bunny

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2005

The first in the much-loved Knuffle Bunny series, join Trixie, her dad and her favourite stuffed bunny in this award-winning and brilliantly observed cautionary tale. A Caldecott Honor book from the creator of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and That Is Not a Good Idea!, this is the brilliantly true-to-life tale of what happens when Daddy's in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong. Merging expressive cartoon-esque illustrations with beautiful black-and-white photographs of New York, the visually striking story follows Daddy, Trixie and Knuffle Bunny on their trip to the neighbourhood Laundromat. But their adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny's been left behind... And no matter how hard she tries to tell dad, he just doesn't understand!

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Author: Mo Willems Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2004

In his hilarious picture book debut, the acclaimed Mo Willems perfectly captures a toddler's temper tantrum. When a bus driver takes a break in this hilarious Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, he gives the reader just one instruction: Don't let the pigeon drive the bus! But, boy, that pigeon tries every trick in the book to get in that driving seat: he whines, wheedles, fibs and flatters. Will you let him drive? Told entirely in speech bubbles, this brilliantly original and funny picture book demands audience participation!

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